Sony Might Be Going All Project Ten Dollar On Our Asses
I think EA’s Project Ten Dollar, of which EA Sports’ Online Pass is a large part, is a totally OK idea. You buy the game new, you get everything. You buy it used or rent it, you have to pay a fee. It works, and it keeps the shareholders happy, which keeps these companies funding games, which keeps me happy.
And so now Sony is looking into a similar setup. Speaking with gamesindustry.biz, Sony’s European president Andrew House said this: “On the principle of making online portions of the game available or unlocked from the disc-based release for a fee, we’re broadly supportive of that… And we’re exploring actively the same option for our own content.”
But that’s not all. His next comment about it is quite interesting: “In terms of just a charge for basic online play, that’s something that we have to talk about a lot more and we struggle with a little bit because we feel very vindicated and base a lot of the success of PSN today — a 70 per cent connection rate across consoles — on the fact that we’ve removed that major initial barrier to entry.”
Haha, he’s trying to tell everybody that the high-ups at Sony care about their consumers. Whether or not he’s sincere, that’s awesome, because even the pretense of being nice is better than a bro choking his girl over a phone, which just happened outside my apartment. Behave, children.